Australian Gold Star Race

Symmons Plains, 24 Sep 1972

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 John McCormack Elfin MR5 [5711] - Repco Holden V8
68 64m 06.8s
2 Stan Keen Elfin MR5 [5724] - Ford V8
#9
67
3 Larry Perkins (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B/E [7122] - Ford twin cam
65
4 Tony Stewart (ANF1) 2-litre Dolphin ['1'] - Waggott TC4V
#21
65
5 Ivan Tighe (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B [7021] - Ford twin cam
62
6 Ken Hasting (ANF2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [M4A/1] - Ford twin cam
(see note 1)
62
7 Jack Bono (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B [7123] - Ford twin cam
#26
57
8 Vern Hamilton (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B [7015] - Ford twin cam
55
NC Garrie Cooper Elfin MR5 [5723] - Repco Holden V8
29
R Peter Macrow (ANF2) 1.6-litre Cheetah Mk4B [43-2] - Ford twin cam
oil pump
DNS Bob Curran (ANF2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23E [1] - Ford twin cam
(see note 2)
Did not start
(too slow)
DNA John Harvey Jane P8 (Bowin) [P8-118-72] - Repco Holden V8
Did not arrive
DNA Don O'Sullivan McLaren M18/M22 - Repco Holden V8
Did not arrive
DNA Johnnie Walker Matich A50 [004] - Repco Holden V8
Did not arrive

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 John McCormack (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR5 [5711] - Repco Holden V8 50.1s
2 Garrie Cooper (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR5 [5723] - Repco Holden V8 52.5s
3 Stan Keen (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR5 [5724] - Ford V8 53.5s
4 Tony Stewart (ANF1) 2-litre Dolphin ['1'] - Waggott TC4V 57.3s
5 Larry Perkins (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B/E [7122] - Ford twin cam 57.5s
6 Jack Bono (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B [7123] - Ford twin cam 59.2s
7 Ken Hasting (ANF2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [M4A/1] - Ford twin cam 59.8s
8 Vern Hamilton (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B [7015] - Ford twin cam 62.0s
9 Ivan Tighe (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B [7021] - Ford twin cam 65.5s
10 Peter Macrow (ANF2) 1.6-litre Cheetah Mk4B [43-2] - Ford twin cam 75.0s

Notes on the cars:

  1. McLaren M4A [M4A/1] (Ken Hasting): Entered by Bruce McLaren Motor Racing for Bruce McLaren in F2 in 1967. Sold to Jim Palmer (NZ) 1968, then to John Osborn's Argo Racing in Australia July 1968, driven by Peter Macrow in 1968 and then Alfredo Costanzo from 1968 to 1971. To Ken Hastings mid-1971, who swapped the FVA for a Ford twin-cam for 1972, and the to John Sheppard August 1973. Fitted with a 1300cc Toyota Corolla engine by Geoff Kennett 1974. Later Tony Armstrong (Victoria, Australia) in November 1982 and rebuilt around 1985. At Christie's Melbourne auction 1990 and sold to Art Valdez (Torrance, California).
  2. Brabham BT23E [1] (Bob Curran): Built for Jack Brabham to use in the 1968 Tasman series and fitted with a 2.5-litre Repco V8. Sold to Bob Jane Racing but crashed by John Harvey in practice at Bathurst in April. Crashed again by Allan Moffat in practice at Sandown Park in September. For Harvey again in the 1969 Australian Gold Star, the 1970 Tasman series (Warwick Farm and Sandown Park only) and for the first race of the 1970 Australian Gold Star (won at Symmons Plains March 1970). Then sold to Bob 'Woody' Curran and fitted with a Ford twin cam for ANF2 racing in Tasmania from 1971 to 1977. From Curran to David Madrers in the early 1980s and started restoration before selling to Bill Marshall in 1983 who completed the restoration and used it in historic racing in Australia. Then sold via Ray Delaney (Melbourne, Australia) to Art Valdez (Torrance, CA) in late 1990.

Sources

The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' orginal results.

Australian Gold Star results for the period 1971-1976 are now available from a variety Australian magazines and yearbooks. As well as Racing Car News, results have been cross-checked against the 1972 Australian Motoring Yearbook and the 1973 and 1974 Australian Competition Yearbooks. Information is added from Autosport where available. The 1975 season was collated by Glenn Moulds using Racing Car News, Australian Auto Action, Chequered Flag, Australian Competition Year, "50 Years Of The Australian Grand Prix" and "Australia's Elfin Sports and Racing Cars". For the 1976 season, Glenn was also able to use Motor Sport Reporter from R3 Calder onwards.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen if you can add anything.

Individual sources for this event

Bob Curran's "Brabham" is presumably the BT23E he entered once in 1971. Scott Mackay has added some details for this race: that Bono finished 7th, Hamilton 8th and that Cooper finished but was not classified.